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{FD} Ice ax that dug into Leon Trotsky’s skull no longer languishing under a bed

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“Who knows if it is the real ax?” says Leon Trotsky’s grandson, Esteban Volkov, dismissively to the Guardian. Continue reading

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{FD} Activists want ocean garbage patch to be new country

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Campaigners want a vast area of floating garbage in the ocean to be the world’s newest country—and they’ve already got more would-be citizens than some real countries. Continue reading

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{FD} One shot for all vaccines? Study holds promise

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Potential good news for kids—and the parents who hate to watch them squirm when faced with a needle. Continue reading

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{FD} Mom, kids hit by falling tree in NYC. Now she’s suing for $200M

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A woman hospitalized after she was hit by a falling tree while protecting her three young sons is suing New York City and the Central Park Conservancy for $200 million, WABC reports. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Extraterrestrial’ dust extracted from White Cliffs of Dover

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The White Cliffs of Dover serve as both a stunning photographic subject and as an iconic British symbol of defense during war. Continue reading

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{FD} High-ranking Viking warrior’s remains yield big surprise

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Ancient tales of fierce female Vikings fighting alongside men appear to be rooted in truth, according to archaeologists in Sweden. Continue reading

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{FD} The 6 smartest things to do before Hurricane Irma hits

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The last Category 5 hurricane to hit Florida was Hurricane Andrew, and Bryan Norcross emerged from it as a South Florida hero. Continue reading

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{FD} Study suggests the sun may have caused 29 whales to die

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In the first weeks of 2016, 29 sperm whales were found stranded and dead off the coasts of Britain, France, the Netherlands, and Germany, the BBC reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Family of ‘dead’ pilot believes he has been found alive

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Four years ago, a missionary pilot from Minnesota disappeared during a flight from South Africa to Mali and was never heard from again. Continue reading

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{FD} Can snacking at night put you at risk for skin cancer?

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Eating when we should be sleeping could disrupt our skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun’s harmful rays, researchers now say. Continue reading

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{FD} Court: Oregon couple must have their dogs’ vocal cords cut

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“We are just shocked.” Continue reading

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{FD} Impact of massive salmon escape might not be known for years

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More than a week after a major net failure at a salmon farm near Seattle, it’s still unclear how many fish escaped and what the damage to the surrounding ecosystem could be. Continue reading

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{FD} Germany orders biggest evacuation since WWII

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The US and UK blanketed Germany with at least 1.3 million tons of bombs during World War II, and as much as 10% of that never exploded, with the Smithsonian reporting in 2016 that more than 2,000 tons of unexploded munitions are found in the country an… Continue reading

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{FD} Massive seizure of illegal sharks made in Galapagos Islands

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Crew members aboard a Chinese-flagged ship in the Galapagos Islands have been handed almost $6 million in fines plus jail time after what Quartz calls “likely one of the biggest seizures of illegal sharks in recent years.” Continue reading

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{FD} Athlete with Down syndrome first to conquer Grand Teton

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A Nevada man has become the first climber with Down syndrome to conquer the mighty Grand Teton. Continue reading

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{FD} Company claims solar eclipse helped 5G salmon escape

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In what one conservationist is calling an “environmental nightmare,” an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Atlantic salmon busted out of their holding pen over the weekend after a net broke, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is now pleading with… Continue reading

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{FD} How the tiger snake’s venom beat evolution

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With its exceedingly deadly venom unchanged over the past 10 million years, the Australian tiger snake has essentially defeated evolution. Continue reading

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{FD} Asteroid that killed dinosaurs may have darkened Earth for two years

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When a 6-mile-wide asteroid crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago, it caused a devastating wave of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis that killed untold number of animals and ended the reign of the dinosaurs. Continue reading

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{FD} Study finds moms still put babies to sleep in unsafe positions

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In 1994, the “Back to Sleep” campaign launched, urging American parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, CBS News reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Why dogs in an Indian neighborhood are turning blue

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A strange phenomenon in an Indian industrial district has put a factory on thin ice and a bunch of canines in the bathtub. Continue reading

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{FD} People are now getting their ivory fix from woolly mammoths

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The hunt is on for frozen tusks from the extinct woolly mammoth, and NPR reports that it’s making people rich in otherwise poor regions of Siberia. Continue reading

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{FD} More kids may be diagnosed with hypertension under new guidelines

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Parents bringing their kids to their well visits will likely review their height, weight, vaccinations, and now … blood pressure. Continue reading

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{FD} Walruses show up early in Alaska as ice recedes

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Sign of the times? Continue reading

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{FD} One of Jane Goodall’s heroes is murdered in Tanzania

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He dedicated his life to saving elephants—and might have been killed as a result. Continue reading

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{FD} Odd but true: Don’t use hair conditioner after a nuclear strike

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It might be the strangest advice imaginable for survivors of a nuclear attack: Don’t use hair conditioner. Continue reading

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{FD} Author plotting crime novel arrested in connection with 1995 murders

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Police in China have arrested a well-known author who had already chosen the title for his next novel, reports the Guardian: The Beautiful Writer Who Killed. Continue reading

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{FD} Study: Light drinking may be healthier than abstaining

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Boozing it up heavily has been linked to all manner of ills, from car crashes and broken relationships to cancer, but a daily drink (or two for men) may offer heart and other health benefits that teetotalers are missing out on. Continue reading

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{FD} Scientists discover how some fish survive in icy water

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While it’s a myth that a stiff drink makes you warmer in cold weather, a new study found that alcohol is the very reason some fish survive frozen conditions. Continue reading

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